- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas’ two U.S. senators have voted in support of President Barack Obama’s request to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria.

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Mark Pryor voted Thursday for legislation that cleared the Senate and also provides money to keep the government operating after the end of the budget year on Sept. 30 and through Dec. 11.

The measure passed the Senate on a 78-22 vote.

U.S. Reps. Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack had supported the legislation on Wednesday as it passed the U.S. House.

The measure is the last major business on Capitol Hill before lawmakers depart this week for a recess.

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